Tuesday, October 6, 2009

My Topic Thus Far

So, I believe that I have a lot of ideas about my topic, but nothing really really concrete to put into a paper. I can talk a lot about co-authorship and collaborative project environments slowly creating a Commons of material because of idea sharing and confusion about ownership. I can talk about how having a lot of authors, feed-backers, editors, idea makers put together a single project destroys authorship/ownership of the piece.

But I feel like this topic may not be broad enough or allow for much of a paper without being redundant. The review I received about my proposal from Professor Baldwin has me thinking about changing my focus a little to be more of the "anonymous" online writer. It has taken me some time to gather ideas about this, though.

Technically speaking a post is never truly anonymous. Your computer leaves a trace behind and that computer can usually be linked back to the person who was using it, even if it is a public computer. But that is only really in the case of law enforcement--normal people can't trace a post back to it's author if the blog does not display the name or information of the person posting. Is that Anonymous? Maybe ideas of the anonymous can be connected back to my origional thoughts: Collaborative anonymous pieces of writing, leaving no easily viewed mark of ownership, are automatically placed in the commons. I guess an argument can be made that single authors who publish anonymously--their work is still credited, still owned; why, then would collaborative writing be any different?

I think this is a good place to start if I want to use the ideas of anonymity in my project. Right now, my presentation does not reflect this change in thought because it wasn't totally clear to me that I needed more until I completed my presentation.

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